Legislative Update: Speaker Straus, Budget, Open/Campus Carry, and School Finance

Today is the 31st day of the 84th Legislature. As previously reported, committee assignments are complete in both the Senate and House, increasing the pace and volume of bills referred and introduced, translating to a more extensive public hearing schedule to follow over the course of the next couple of weeks. For those keeping track,…

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Legislative Update: House Committee Assignments, Budget, and What’s Next…

Week four of the 84th Regular Session continued to an increased number of bills filed, as Legislative Council continues to work thought its backlog of requests.  In keeping with the previous week’s schedule, the House and Senate met Monday, February 2nd through Wednesday, February 4th, 2015.  Following the Senate’s committee appointments two weeks ago, Speaker…

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84th Lege on Learning Curve

Director of Longbow’s North Texas operations, David Parker comments on the 84th Legislative Session and Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s involvement in the legislative process.“It is critical that the Chamber and its members continue our two-way monitoring approach where both parties carefully monitor bill activity in Austin, then the Chamber relays updates and the members…

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84th Legislative Session: Opening Day Summary

Today marked the start of the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, which will deliberate over the next 140 days and nights during their biennial gathering.  Following all the attendant pomp and circumstance that usually accompanies the start of the session, the House in its first real order of business, overwhelmingly selected incumbent Speaker…

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